Franklin Pierrepont Graves, 1898-1902
Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 23, 1869. He attended Columbia University and received a Bachelor and Master of Arts as well as a PH.D. in Philosophy. Graves taught Greek at Columbia, became professor of classics at Tufts College, and President of the University of Wyoming. In 1898 Graves became President of the University of Washington. He served as President of the University until 1902. After his service he attended Columbia University again and received a doctorate in education. Between his doctorate in education and his appointment as State Commissioner of Education in 1921 Graves served as the dean of education at the University of Missouri, University of Pennsylvania, and Ohio State University. He also served on the faculty of the Teachers College of Columbia University. He was elected as the Education Commissioner and President of the New York State University in 1921 and served as State Commissioner of Education for nineteen years until he retired in 1940 at age 71. At that age he enrolled in the Albany Law School and completed his dream of receiving a law degree. In 1943 he passed State Bar Examinations. When he died September 13, 1956 he held a total of 43 degrees.